Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.

One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.

This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.

Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.

In cases of attempting to commit a sexual offence, there will also be a question of fact to answer - that is, whether the adult has taken steps towards carrying out their intent.

In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.

Toni Makkai Director Children are growing up with computers.

They use computers at home, at friends' places, at the library and at school to work, play and communicate.

Some have net connectivity on portable devices such as mobile phones.

The investigations involved police officers posing as girls aged between 13 and 16 accessing the internet in order to uncover adults who were seeking to procure children online for sexual activity.

The results of this study show the aggressive and rapid way that children are targeted by adults for sexual purposes.

A police officer, posing as a 14-year-old girl, was asked by S to meet with him in Brisbane so that he could photograph her nude and have sex with her.